Would you like your own land pad to come with a near overabundance of natural beauty along a jagged coastal strip?
Well, maybe not, for those looking for an exceptional slice of West Cork and the cash to fund it.
Then most of the 122 acres ends only at the ocean, and by the standing remains of Downeen Castle, a shard of stone now stranded on a rock cut from the promontory after the cliff fell, and the erosion saw access denied centuries back, except for gulls.
But, that heyday dates back perhaps around half a century: the house with the remnants of a long-gone elegance has been in decline for decades now, becoming roofless, open to the elements and greening inside.
In terms of land, that equates to €10,500 an acre, a progressive farmer won’t blink at that kind of valuation, even though some land might need what they would consider ‘improvement’. Could he go another way entirely? To be bought by a left-of-field buyer who would resuscitate him? Or, maybe someone could see it as a hobby opportunity, or a hobby farm, or just a place to safely put some money, knowing that the land is no longer made ( in fact, here it is eroded, still so slightly frayed at cliff and shoreline!) There is not enough land for a golf course or a replica of the Old Head course, although there is found on another headland in the wild Atlantic: maybe enough for nine holes, but that’s unlikely.
Mr Hodnett enthused that he was in a pivotal position, with a house in ruins but offering ‘great future potential, and summed up that ‘this is certainly one of the finest farms to come to market from West Cork in recent times, offering quality land and exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean, Warren Beach and the Rosscarbery Estuary.
By contrast, Rosscarbery’s Mercy Convent, an 1890s building on three acres with several old cottages behind, in an imperious setting overlooking the lagoon, was also sold at what was a bargain price in comparison, purchased by Franc de television, alias Peter Kelly, for an estimated amount of less than €450,000 and whose future plans for use could soon be revealed.
VERDICT: Farmers may be strained to see non-farmer offerings here, while other wealthy types will head to Downeen – the likes of this one might not return for years.